The North & South Before the Civil War Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What was life like in the United States before the Civil War? This lesson plan is designed to support instruction on the differences between the North and the South prior to the conflict. An activity places students in the role of northerner or southerner.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the significance of the Mason-Dixon Line
  • distinguish between the economies of northern and southern America in the pre-Civil War era
  • discuss the trade practices of the North and South prior to the Civil War
  • talk about the practice of slavery in the South

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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